Staten Island, NY, Borough and Higher Education Facts

Staten Island is the smallest borough by population in New York City. Its residents have access to a wide variety of colleges and universities located throughout the New York metropolitan area, including a few in the borough limits. Find out more about Staten Island, including its population, economy and schools below.

Information about Staten Island

Staten Island, the smallest of New York City's five boroughs by population, is home to 474,558 residents, according to U.S. census estimates for 2015. The borough is connected to Brooklyn by the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, making it a common intermediate point in the commute of thousands of New Jersey residents into Manhattan each morning.

Staten Island has golf courses, museums, dozens of beaches and more parkland than any other borough in the city of New York. Cultural attractions in the borough include Staten Island Museum, the Alice Austen House and Staten Island Botanical Garden. A zoo, maritime collection and cultural center are also found here.

The borough is across New York Harbor from Manhattan, which features such attractions as the Empire State Building, Central Park, Greenwich Village and the Broadway theater district.

Higher Education

Staten Island has 5 colleges and career schools. The City College of New York (CUNY) operates the College of Staten Island, which awards associate's and bachelor's degree and master's degrees in nearly 20 separate fields. It also offers some doctoral coursework in conjunction with other campuses in the system.

Other institutions of higher learning in the borough include Wagner College and the Career School of NY. Wagner is a private college that was ranked 26th among regional universities in the North in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report. Popular majors at this school include biology, business and theater. Career School of NY offers certificate programs in medical office assisting, esthetics and cosmetology.

The nearby borough of Manhattan, one of the country's educational centers, is home to several well-known institutions of higher learning, including Columbia University, New York University and Barnard College.


Per 2014 census estimates, the highest median earnings by sector of employment in Staten Island was utilities, at $81,484. Public administration had median annual earnings at $80,698, while finance and insurance had $71,303.

A significant number of Staten Island residents work in Manhattan, where many of the country's financial, advertising and media companies are headquartered.

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